Month: August 2016

Miwha Oh

Exterior and interior view, Gallery O, Seoul, Korea, photo: Gallery O Founded in 2001, Gallery O is a leading gallery in South Korea for local and international contemporary jewelry. Its founder, jewelry artist Miwha Oh, holds degrees in metalsmithing, museum studies, and gemology, and has applied her extensive education to raising the visibility of contemporary …

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HD: Lost in Translation

This is the way Zimmerhof works: A core group of five people (the hosts) invites a team of willing organizers—which tends to self-select every year—to put together the program for the next edition. The organizers pick the theme, think up a groovy line-up of speakers, get worried that they won’t show up, are reassured three …

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Ivan Barnett

Patina Gallery sits in the historic museum district of Santa Fe, 2015, photo: Peter Ogilvie Eighteen-year-old Patina Gallery was an early champion of European studio jewelers and has been particularly adept at creating cultural synergies with the vibrant local scene in New Mexico: For the second year in a row, their summer exhibition features work …

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Display Matters

Exhibition view, Ai Weiwei—Rebar in Gold and gallery collaborations, 2016, work in foreground by Ai Weiwei, Elisabetta Cipriani Jewellery by Contemporary Artists, Design Miami/Basel 2016, courtesy of the gallery As a curator of contemporary art, I am used to going to art fairs: Not to collect per se—even though I am always looking for acquisitions …

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Rita Marcangelo

Alternatives Gallery, view of the façade, Rome, photo: Andrea Lombardo Alternatives Gallery, located in the historical center of Rome, has met the challenge of selling to a relatively conservative clientele by being remarkably proactive in promoting itself and the field on a national and international level, and by launching no-gram, the first online gallery devoted …

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Bella Neyman

Placement, a collaboration between art jewelers and street artists, May 2015, Gallery at Reinstein|Ross, New York, photo: Andrew Schloss Bella Neyman is the director of the Gallery at Reinstein|Ross in New York, which specializes in contemporary jewelry. With a background in arts administration and several critically acclaimed exhibitions under her belt, she mixes writing and curating, …

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Janna Syvänoja

Janna Syvänoja, Untitled, 2014, necklace, recycled paper, steel wire, 250 x 220 x 75 mm, photo: artist Janna Syvänoja is a Finnish artist who, by a slow and meditative process, creates art jewelry from recycled paper. Using such fragile material, she is able to create depth in form, each slice meticulously layered by hand. Often …

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AJF Hangouts

AJF Ambassadors Program AJF Hangouts takes the pulse of the rapidly expanding world of global art jewelry. We hear from voices in emerging jewelry scenes, featuring those with the responsibility of representing their country as AJF Ambassadors. Despite the varying quality of video feeds, it’s quite amazing that we can now use this platform to …

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Susan Taylor and Peter Jones: Collectors & Curators

Susan Taylor and Peter Jones unpacking their collection, Canberra, 2016, photo: Manon van Kouswijk Susan Taylor and Peter Jones are based in Canberra, Australia, where their home houses a substantial contemporary art and jewelry collection. They also curate exhibitions, drawing from both collections in their Spare Room 33 gallery. A few month ago, I got …

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Liz Clark: Steel Magnolias

Liz Clark, Magnolia Laurel, 2016, necklace, steel, sterling silver, 584 x 76 mm, photo: Arthur Hash As a former marine biology major and current jewelry artist, Liz Clark finds inspiration in flowers, which accompany us through life events and speak for us when words fail. For her exhibition at Heidi Lowe Gallery, Clark counter-intuitively pairs …

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